The first Chinese animated feature film. This a a heavily denoised, high bitrate (1800 kbps) version that some people may find easier to watch than other versions of the same film due to reduced video noise and improved luminance level. The audio track has not been enhanced. The resolution of this video is 688x416, which represents the actual image area after the black bars have been cropped from the original. Note that some of the image is missing from the bottom edge, this was unfortunately done at the time the film was originally digitized and all known versions of this film are clipped off at the bottom.
black and white
No known assertion of rights for this movie exists.
The subtitles don't quite match up, but at least they enable you to work out what the story's about! You can play the subtitles using a video player that allows the addition of .srt subtitle files to the video, such as the freeware app 'VLC' (http://www.videolan.org)
This is based on a classic 16th century story known as 'Monkey' (of which a BBC TV series was made in the UK in the late 1970's/early 1980's) or 'The Journey to the West', by Wu Ch'eng-en. It's the story of a monk, Tripitaka, who makes a pilgrimage to India accompanied by three animal spirit helpers, Monkey, Pigsy, and Sandy (a fish spirit) for protection on the journey.
June 17, 2007 Subject:
Good Even if you don't speak Chinese
First full length Asian cartoon, made while China was still under brutal Japanese occupation, actually pretty entertaining.
I don't speak a word of Chinese, but the plot seems to follow some cartoon funny animals as they try to infiltrate a house and win, or just sexually harass, the beautiful princess Iron Fan. Most of its the kind of "physical" comedy gags one would see in a contemporary Fleisher Bros. cartoon, so its appreciable and funny, even if you don't speak the language, or know exactly whats going on. The animation quality is nice too.
On a historical note: the Japanese who had liberated Shanghai when this movie came out took a copy back to Japan for their propagandists to study. It then influenced the early development of "anime" cartoons.
June 7, 2007 Subject:
Not in English
This may be a good movie, I don't speak Chinese so I don't know.
No sub-titles or dubbing.
March 21, 2007 Subject:
Some additional comments
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